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| Curfew | Winter Parking | Animal Complaints | Snowmobile Regulations | ATV | General Info |

Curfew Hours:

Sec. 42-52. Established, hours; application.

It is unlawful for any minor under the age of 17 years to loiter, idle or be in or upon the public streets, highways, parks, playgrounds, public place, places of entertainment or refreshment or any other unsupervised places within the city between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following day; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to such minor accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the care and custody of the minor or when the minor is upon some necessary errand by permission or direction of the parent, which permission shall be in writing and signed by such parent, guardian or other adult having the care and custody of the minor.  (Code 1996, § 9.16.010)

Sec. 42-53. Unlawful for parent or guardian to permit violation of curfew.

It is unlawful for the parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor under the age of 17 years of age to permit such minor to loiter, idle or be in or upon the public grounds, public places, places of entertainment or refreshment or other unsupervised places within this city between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply when the minor is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor or when the minor is upon some necessary errand by permission or direction of his or her parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor.  (Code 1996, § 9.16.020)

Winter Parking

Not withstanding any ordinance of the city to the contrary, it is unlawful for anyone to park a vehicle on a public alley, street, or highway within the city between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from November 1 until April 1, inclusive, or after any snowstorm until the snow has been removed or during snow removal time. It is unlawful for anyone to park a vehicle in a city-owned parking lot, except by city permit, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. from November 1 until April 1, inclusive, or after any snowstorm until the snow has been removed or during snow removal time. Any vehicles parking in violation of this section may be removed from said street, highway, or alley and all charges for removal and storage resulting therefrom shall be assessed against the owner of the vehicle.

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Animal Complaints:

Animal nuisance ordinances are enforced within the City of North Branch.  All dogs over six months of age must be licensed.  Dogs are not allowed to run at large at any time and are not allowed off of the owner's premises unless properly leashed.  Dog owners are also required to clean up after their pets.  Frequent loud barking, howling, or yelping is prohibited.  Annual dog licenses cost $10 and may be obtained from the Police Department at City Hall.

To make a complaint regarding an animal or to report a lost or found pet, please call Chisago County dispatch at 651-257-4100.  If you reported a lost pet and it is found, please call Chisago County dispatch and let them know. 

Stray dogs and dogs found running at large will be impounded.  The City of North Branch contracts with Countryside Animal Impound for animal control services and dog impounds.  To locate a pet that has been picked up by animal control, please contact Countryside Animal Impound at 763-229-4616.  Cats will not be impounded by the North Branch Police Department or by Countryside Animal Impound.  If you need assistance with a stray or loose cat, please contact your local humane society.

Sec. 6-1. Animals at large.

No animals shall be permitted to run at large within the city limits. All animals caught running at large shall be reported to the police who shall in turn notify animal control.

Snowmobile Regulations:

Sec. 62-87. Where prohibited.

Except as specifically permitted and authorized in this article, no person shall operate a snowmobile:

(1)   On any portion of any right-of-way of any public highway, street, road, trail, or alley used for motor vehicle travel, except the most right-hand lane, other than on county highways, when used as the most direct route to get to or from a designated trail. Snowmobiles may also be operated upon the ditch bottom where lawfully so posted or the outside bank of trunk, county state-aid and county highways where such highways are so configured within the corporate limits. Snowmobiles may be operated on the following streets for the limited purpose of entering or leaving the city or traveling to or from areas in which operation of snowmobiles is lawful and businesses that provide support services such as gas stations and restaurants:

a.   The entire length of Elm Street from Grand Avenue to 14th Avenue;
b.   That portion of Oakview Avenue from Elm Street to Highway 95;
c.   The ditch between the west side of County Road 30 and the railroad right-of-way between the north and south city limits.

(2)   On a public sidewalk provided for pedestrian travel;

(3)   On boulevards within any public right-of-way;

(4)   On private property of another without specific written permission of the owner or person in control of the property;

(5)   On any other public place except as may be specifically permitted by other provisions of this Code.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.020)

Sec. 62-88. Street crossing regulations.

A snowmobile may make direct crossing of a street or highway, except in an interstate highway or freeway, provided:

(1)   The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the street or highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing;

(2)   The snowmobile is to yield at every street;

(3)   The driver yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard;

(4)   In crossing a divided street or highway, the crossing is made only at an intersection of such street or highway with another public street or highway;

(5)   If the crossing is made between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise or in conditions of reduced visibility, only if both front and rear lights are on.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.030)

Sec. 62-89. State law adopted.

Minn. Stats. §§ 84.81--84.88 shall apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon street and highways, except those which by their nature have no application.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.040)

Sec. 62-90. Right-of-way.

No snowmobile shall enter any intersection without yielding the right-of-way to any vehicles or pedestrians at the intersection, or so close to the intersection as to constitute an immediate hazard.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.050)

Sec. 62-91. Operation of snowmobiles by minors; owner's responsibility.

(a)   Operation.  No person under 12 years of age shall operate on streets or the roadways surface of highways or make a direct crossing of a trunk, county, state-aid, county highway, or city street as the operator of a snowmobile. A person 12 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age, may operate a snowmobile on streets and highways as permitted under this chapter and make a direct crossing on such streets and highways only if he has in his immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by the commissioner, as provided by Minn. Stats. § 84.872. 

(b)   Owner's responsibility.  It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile to permit the snowmobile to be operated contrary to the provisions of this section. 

(Code 1996, § 10.12.060)

Sec. 62-92. Manner of operation.

No person shall operate a snowmobile:

(1)   At any place while under the influence of alcohol or drugs as defined in Minn. Stats. § 169.121;

(2)   At a rate of speed greater than the posted speed limit;

(3)   At any place in a careless, reckless or negligent manner or heedlessly in disregard of the rights or safety of others, or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger or cause injury or damage to any person or property;

(4)   During the hours from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on any city street;

(5)   So as to tow any person or thing in a public street or highway except through use of a rigid tow bar attached to the rear of the snowmobile;

(6)   On any streets or roads where travel is prohibited by state law or on any street adjacent to public skating rink grounds, or park or in any cemetery.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.070)

Sec. 62-93. Equipment required for operation of snowmobile.

No person shall operate a snowmobile any place within the city unless it is equipped with the following:

(1)   Standard mufflers which are properly attached and which reduce the noise of operation of a motor to the minimum necessary for operation. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass, straight pipe or similar device on a snowmobile motor;

(2)   Brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the snowmobile under any condition of operation;

(3)   A safety or so called "deadman throttle" in operating condition. A safety or deadman throttle is defined as a device which, when pressure is removed from the engine accelerator or throttle, causes the motor to be disengaged from the driving track.

(4)   When operated between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise or at times of reduced visibility at least one clear lamp attached to the front, with sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 100 feet ahead during the hours of darkness shall be so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of an oncoming snowmobile operator. It shall also be equipped with at least one red tail lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions;

(5)   Reflective material at least 16 square inches on each side, forward of the handlebars, so as to reflect light at a 90 degree angle.

(Code 1996, § 10.12.080)

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ATV:

  1. A valid driver’s license is required to operate on any city street or right of way, including the ditches and slopes or in crossing roads.

  1. An ATV may not be operated at any time within the right of way of an interstate highway or freeway.

  1. ATV’s can only be operated in the ditch or outside bank or slope of a state highway or county highway. 

  1. ATV’s can be operated on the right hand side of city roads.

  1. ATV’s cannot be operated in the right of way from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.

  1. A person under twelve is only permitted to operate an ATv on private property.  A person under twelve may not operate an ATV to make a direct crossing of a public road right of way or on a public road right of way.

  1. Persons age twelve through fifteen may make a direct crossing of a public right of way if they have a valid ATV safety certificate and they are accompanied by another ATV by a person eighteen years of age or older who holds a valid driver’s license.

  1. A person may not operate an ATV within the city unless he vehicle has been registered with the DNR.

  1. All persons under eighteen must wear a helmet when operating or riding an ATV.

  1. Anyone who is 16 years or younger must successfully complete the ATV safety training course before operating on public lands.

  1. Agricultural Zone Restriction  you may NOT drive an ATV within the right of way (ditch) of a state or county road from April 1 to August 1 in the agricultural zone. This does not apply to ATV’s licensed and used for agricultural uses.  The agricultural zone as applied to the city of North Branch is anything south of Highway 95.

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